U.K. Man Ordered to Pay $28,000 in Air Rage Case

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A British citizen whose drunken and angry outburst caused a transatlantic flight to land last week in central Newfoundland has been given hefty fines.

Roy Heaps was fined almost $24,000 for causing a Virgin Atlantic flight to be diverted to central Newfoundland.

Roy Heaps was fined almost $24,000 for causing a Virgin Atlantic flight to be diverted to central Newfoundland. (CBC)

Roy Heaps, 44, was taken off a Virgin Atlantic flight last Friday that had left Florida and was headed to England.

Provincial court in Gander was told Tuesday that Heaps, who has a fear of flying, consumed a flask of vodka and two servings of beer.

During the flight, he ended up head-butting and punching his wife, and shouted that he was going to kill her and his father-in-law. “One of you is going to die,” Heaps had yelled, while his two children — nine and four years old — were crying.

“The allegations were that he had assaulted a couple of other people that were on the plane,” said Cpl. Mike Reidpath of the RCMP. “He was being loud and obnoxious and so on.”

Heaps pleaded guilty Tuesday to assault, uttering threats, mischief and interfering with the performance of an air crew.

Heaps was sentenced to time served for the assault and threats, and he was ordered to pay almost $24,000 in fines.

He has two years to pay $15,00 to the Crown and one year to pay $13,000 in restitution to Virgin Atlantic.

“I think he’s feeling embarrassed — sheepish is the best way to put it,” Reidpath said.

“I think he’s remorseful for what happened here, and he’s not looking forward to the consequences that are going to come as a result of this.”

Heaps told the court that he should not have been drinking and that he should have listened to his wife. He did not elaborate on what he meant.